I decided that my Easter decorations needed a little more color and cuteness, so I painted this Easter block. I love the addition of the little bunny, egg, and chick.
If you follow this tutorial, you can make your own happy Easter decor for your home.
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Wood Block 7.25" x 7.25"
Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint, White
Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint - Parrot Blue
Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint - Lilac Mist
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint - Baby Pink
Foam Sponge Paint Brush
Fine Tip Paint Brush
Plaid Mod Podge Craft Mat
Cricut machine ** - read below the tutorial for a way to create this if you don't have a cutting machine
My wood block was a thrift store find. The other side of the block is actually my Luck O' the Irish block I made for St. Patrick's Day. That's the great part about wood blocks, you can use both sides to decorate for different holidays or seasons.
I started out by spreading out my craft mat to protect my table while I was painting the block. I used the foam brush to paint two layers of white paint onto my block. I wanted to make sure there was a crisp white background on my block.
While the paint was drying, I searched dafont.com for the font I wanted to use for this Easter project. Dafont has a large selection of free fonts. I downloaded a few different fonts, but ended up liking one called KG Faith Hope and Love by Kimberly Geswein the best.
I used Cricut Design Space to design the stencil that I wanted to use. I added my text, then three image files I had on my computer to make the stencil.
After I designed my stencil, I used my Cricut Explore machine to cut a piece of cardstock I would use as my stencil for this project. To design the stencil and cut it out, it took about 8 minutes.
I made sure the paint was dry on my block, then I taped the stencil to the block. I used the fine tip brush to paint the letters. I used a thicker paint brush to paint the bunny, egg, and chick. I painted two layers of paint for the letters and the images. To get the desired color of the egg, I mixed my Parrot Blue paint with a bit of the white paint.
I removed the stencil and let the paint dry. There were a few places that needed minor touch up. so I used the finest tip brush that I had to carefully paint the outline of the letters and shapes. I added a fluffy little tail to the bunny when the pink paint was dry.
When I first planned this project in my head, I was going to add colored dots to the egg, but after letting the paint dry, I ended up liking it just how it was.
I think that it is a nice addition to the Easter decorations that I already have displayed.
In case you don't have a Cricut machine, you can still make this project. I have provided a file that you can download to your computer and print out. After that you could do the project 2 ways. You could use an exacto knife to cut the letters and shapes out and then paint as I did. Or you could place the printed page over your block, use a pencil pushing down into the wood and trace the letters and shapes onto the block. Then you would need to paint inside the indentations of the wood.
I created this project to go along with other craft bloggers that are celebrating National Craft Month. 100Directions.com organized a creative series that we bloggers are joining for the month. You can see the other craft projects by clicking the picture below. This week was a painted craft and the last week of the month I will be sharing a paper craft.
Thanks for visiting my tutorial today. I hope this has given you an idea of something that you can create in your own home to decorate for Easter.